1998–99 Wimbledon F.C. season

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Wimbledon
1998–99 season
Chairman Sam Hammam
Manager Joe Kinnear
Stadium Selhurst Park
Premiership 16th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Semi-finals
Top goalscorer League: Euell/Gayle (10)
All: Gayle (11)
Highest home attendance 26,121 (vs. Manchester United, 3 April)
Lowest home attendance 3,756 (vs. Portsmouth, 22 September)
Average home league attendance 18,207

During the 1998–99 English football season, Wimbledon F.C. competed in the FA Premier League.

Season summary[edit]

Wimbledon started the season well, reaching the semi-finals of the League Cup for the second time in their history, and as March arrived Wimbledon were sixth in the table with 11 matches to go. The signing of striker John Hartson from top-five rivals West Ham United for a club record £7.5 million in January looked to be the crucial signing the South London club needed for European qualification, but after his arrival the club suffered a slump in form, winning only one more game all season and taking only 2 points from their last 11 games to fall to 16th in the final table, their lowest finish in 13 seasons of top flight football.

Manager Joe Kinnear resigned at the end of the season on health grounds after seven years in charge, having suffered heart problems before a match at Sheffield Wednesday in March. He was succeeded by former Norwegian national coach Egil Olsen, who had frequently spoke of his admiration of Wimbledon and had transformed Norway into a leading international side with long-ball tactics similar to those employed by Kinnear.[1]

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Manchester United (C) 38 22 13 3 80 37 +43 79 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Arsenal 38 22 12 4 59 17 +42 78
3 Chelsea 38 20 15 3 57 30 +27 75 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Leeds United 38 18 13 7 62 34 +28 67 1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round
5 West Ham United 38 16 9 13 46 53 −7 57 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
6 Aston Villa 38 15 10 13 51 46 +5 55
7 Liverpool 38 15 9 14 68 49 +19 54
8 Derby County 38 13 13 12 40 45 −5 52
9 Middlesbrough 38 12 15 11 48 54 −6 51
10 Leicester City 38 12 13 13 40 46 −6 49
11 Tottenham Hotspur 38 11 14 13 47 50 −3 47 1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round 1
12 Sheffield Wednesday 38 13 7 18 41 42 −1 46
13 Newcastle United 38 11 13 14 48 54 −6 46 1999–2000 UEFA Cup First round 2
14 Everton 38 11 10 17 42 47 −5 43
15 Coventry City 38 11 9 18 39 51 −12 42
16 Wimbledon 38 10 12 16 40 63 −23 42
17 Southampton 38 11 8 19 37 64 −27 41
18 Charlton Athletic (R) 38 8 12 18 41 56 −15 36 Relegation to 1999–2000 Football League First Division
19 Blackburn Rovers (R) 38 7 14 17 38 52 −14 35
20 Nottingham Forest (R) 38 7 9 22 35 69 −34 30

Updated to games played on 16 May 1999.
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Tottenham Hotspur qualified for the UEFA Cup as League Cup winners.
2 As Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, their UEFA Cup place as FA Cup winners defaulted to Newcastle United, the losing finalists.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results Summary
Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 10 12 16 40 63  −23 42 7 7 5 22 21  +1 3 5 11 18 42  −24

Source: 1998-99 FA Premier League table

Results by round
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A H A A H A H A H H A A H A H H A H A H A H A H A A H H A H A H A H A H A
Result W D D W L W D L L D D W L W L W W L W D W D D L D D W L L L D L L L D L L L
Position 1 3 4 4 6 4 3 5 11 12 12 7 10 8 9 8 8 8 8 9 6 7 7 8 9 9 6 6 8 8 10 11 11 12 13 13 15 16

Source: Soccerbase: 1998-99 Wimbledon results
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results[edit]

Wimbledon's score comes first[2]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

FA Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
15 August 1998 Tottenham Hotspur H 3–1 23,031 Earle, Ekoku (2)
22 August 1998 Derby County A 0–0 25,747
29 August 1998 Leeds United H 1–1 16,437 Hughes
9 September 1998 West Ham United A 4–3 25,311 Gayle (2), Euell, Ekoku
12 September 1998 Aston Villa A 0–2 32,959
19 September 1998 Sheffield Wednesday H 2–1 13,163 Euell (2)
27 September 1998 Leicester City A 1–1 17,725 Earle
3 October 1998 Everton H 1–2 16,054 Roberts
17 October 1998 Manchester United A 1–5 55,265 Euell
24 October 1998 Middlesbrough H 2–2 14,114 Gayle (2)
31 October 1998 Blackburn Rovers H 1–1 12,526 Earle
7 November 1998 Nottingham Forest A 1–0 21,362 Gayle
14 November 1998 Chelsea A 0–3 34,757
21 November 1998 Arsenal H 1–0 26,003 Ekoku
28 November 1998 Newcastle United A 1–3 36,623 Gayle
5 December 1998 Coventry City H 2–1 11,717 Euell (2)
13 December 1998 Liverpool H 1–0 26,080 Earle
19 December 1998 Southampton A 1–3 14,354 Gayle
26 December 1998 Charlton Athletic H 2–1 19,106 Euell, Hughes
29 December 1998 Leeds United A 2–2 39,816 Earle, Cort
9 January 1999 Derby County H 2–1 12,732 Euell, Roberts
16 January 1999 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–0 32,422
30 January 1999 West Ham United H 0–0 23,035
8 February 1999 Charlton Athletic A 0–2 20,002
21 February 1999 Aston Villa H 0–0 15,582
27 February 1999 Everton A 1–1 32,574 Ekoku
3 March 1999 Sheffield Wednesday A 2–1 24,116 Ekoku, Gayle
6 March 1999 Leicester City H 0–1 11,801
13 March 1999 Nottingham Forest H 1–3 12,149 Gayle
20 March 1999 Blackburn Rovers A 1–3 21,754 Euell
3 April 1999 Manchester United H 1–1 26,121 Euell
5 April 1999 Middlesbrough A 1–3 33,999 Cort
11 April 1999 Chelsea H 1–2 21,577 Gayle
19 April 1999 Arsenal A 1–5 37,982 Cort
24 April 1999 Newcastle United H 1–1 21,172 Hartson
1 May 1999 Coventry City A 1–2 21,200 Hartson
8 May 1999 Southampton H 0–2 24,068
16 May 1999 Liverpool A 0–3 41,902

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1998–99 FA Cup
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 2 January 1999 Manchester City H 1–0 11,226 Cort
R4 23 January 1999 Tottenham Hotspur H 1–1 22,229 Earle
R4R 2 February 1999 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–3 24,049

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R2 1st Leg 15 September 1998 Portsmouth A 1–2 7,010 Ekoku
R2 2nd Leg 22 September 1998 Portsmouth H 4–1 (won 5-3 on agg) 3,756 Ardley, Ekoku (2), Leaburn
R3 28 October 1998 Birmingham City A 2–1 11,845 Ardley (2)
R4 10 November 1998 Bolton Wanderers A 2–1 7,868 Gayle, Kennedy
QF 1 December 1998 Chelsea H 2–1 19,286 Earle, Hughes (pen)
SF 1st Leg 27 January 1999 Tottenham Hotspur A 0–0 35,997
SF 2nd Leg 16 February 1999 Tottenham Hotspur H 0–1 (lost 0-1 on agg) 25,204

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK Neil Sullivan
2 Republic of Ireland DF Kenny Cunningham
3 England DF Alan Kimble
4 England DF Chris Perry
5 England DF Dean Blackwell
6 Wales DF Ben Thatcher
7 Wales MF Ceri Hughes
8 Jamaica MF Robbie Earle
9 Nigeria FW Efan Ekoku
10 England MF Andy Roberts
11 Jamaica FW Marcus Gayle
12 England MF Neal Ardley
13 England GK Paul Heald
14 Republic of Ireland FW Jon Goodman
15 England FW Carl Leaburn
16 Northern Ireland MF Michael Hughes
17 Scotland DF Brian McAllister
No. Position Player
18 Republic of Ireland MF Mark Kennedy
19 England MF Stewart Castledine
20 Jamaica MF Jason Euell
21 Scotland DF Duncan Jupp
22 England FW Andy Clarke
23 Guyana FW Carl Cort
24 England MF Peter Fear
25 England DF Andy Pearce
26 England MF Gareth Ainsworth
27 England MF Damien Francis
28 England FW Richard O'Connor
29 Wales FW John Hartson
30 England DF Peter Hawkins
31 England DF Danny Hodges
33 Republic of Ireland GK Brendan Murphy
35 Ghana FW Patrick Agyemang

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
32 Norway GK Morten Bakke (on loan from Molde)
No. Position Player
34 England GK Brian Parkin (to Brighton & Hove Albion)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
29 October 1998 MF Gareth Ainsworth Port Vale £2,000,000
14 January 1999 FW John Hartson West Ham United £7,500,000

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
15 June 1998 DF Alan Reeves Swindon Town Free transfer
1 August 1998 MF Ståle Solbakken Aalborg BK Signed
Transfers in: Decrease £9,500,000
Transfers out: Increase £0
Total spending: Decrease £9,500,000

References[edit]